Shannon Grimes '14, Sheela Turbek '13 Receive Udall Foundation Honorable Mentions

Story posted April 16, 2012

Shannon Grimes '14 and Sheela Turbek '13 have been selected to receive honorable mention by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, whose scholarship program recognizes students who are environmental leaders in their communities and on their college campuses.

This year the Udall Foundation awarded 50 honorable mentions countrywide, each with an award of $350. Recipients are selected based upon their demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment.

Shannon Grimes '14
Grimes, a Government and Legal Studies and French double major from Missoula, Mont., is president of the Green Bowdoin Alliance and was instrumental in its founding.

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Shannon Grimes '14

"I have been active in environmental clubs and issues since high school,” says Grimes. “I'm interested in environmental policy, particularly encouraging local food. I spent seven years of my life in New Zealand, am from Montana, and go to college in Maine, all places that inspire my appreciation for the natural world."

Grimes has a lot on her plate; in addition to her involvement with Taste for Change, the student group that organizes dinners to raise money for local charities, she has volunteered at organic gardens back home and at the College. Grimes also participates in the a cappella group Bellamafia, swing dance, yoga and ultimate Frisbee.

Grimes heads to Cameroon in the fall for a semester abroad, where she plans to research local food production in addition to her French and government studies.

Sheela Turbek '13
Turbek, a biology and Spanish major, and environmental studies minor from Brookfield, Ill., has tapped her passion and her academic work to pursue a series of environmental endeavors.

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Sheela Turbek '13

"I am interested in promoting environmentally-friendly agricultural practices and increasing access to fresh produce because sustainable, small-scale farming benefits local communities, protects the environment for future generations, and doesn’t put profit ahead of worker and consumer health," says Turbek, who was awarded the Psi Upsilon Fellowship last summer to intern with Cultivating Community, an organization in Portland that provides organic produce for low-income community members.

Two summers ago, Turbek received the Global Citizens Grant to volunteer on two small-scale organic farms in Ecuador through Fundación Brethren y Unida.

Turbek has also led backpacking and sea kayaking trips through the Bowdoin Outing Club and has been an active member of Amnesty International. Last year, she also served as a student representative on the Faculty Working Group on Sustainability.

Udall honorees join a network of current and past recipients dedicated to sustainability. Recent Bowdoin recipients include Andrew Cushing ’12, Teona Williams ’12, Krista Baum ’11 and Maina Handmaker ’11.

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers.

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